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Dutchess County is dedicated to having a fully-operational Countywide Geographic Information System (GIS). Various County departments utilize our centralized GIS to develop and analyze data, improve day-to-day operations, and enhance the accessibility and interaction with important information.

Please reference the department descriptions below to learn more about what is being done with GIS in the County and to determine whom best to contact to answer your questions.

Behavioral & Community Health, Department of (DBCH)
Bob Wills, 486-3643,

GIS plays an integral supportive role in the many operations of the Department of Behavioral and Community Health. Analysis of tick-borne illnesses and West Nile Virus are two diseases where the location of population versus disease is especially important to track. GIS is used to plan contingencies and drills with regard to potential bioterrorist threats as well as to analyze risks and vulnerable populations in order to specialize and improve service delivery. GIS, along with GPS, is also used to create the Dutchess County Healthy Communities Trails Maps that can be accessed before going for a hike.

Public Works
Robert Balkind, 486-2901,

The Dutchess County Department of Public Works utilizes GIS in a variety of ways. In-house GIS applications are used to manage the lifecycle of publically reported incidents along county roads such as downed trees, dead animals, and road damage. GIS also plays a role in the asset management of signs, bridges, pavement striping, traffic signals, etc. Snow and ice control on the County roads, determining the size of a culvert pipe, and obtaining contact information to notify property owners of future projects are all made possible through the use of GIS.

Central & Information Services, Office of (OCIS)
Joseph Rutkowski, 486-2408,

The GIS Division of OCIS is responsible for developing and implementing short and long range plans for the progressive use of GIS.  In order to achieve this, OCIS is heading up efforts in the following areas: GIS Enterprise Framework, Data Management, Application Development, and GIS Awareness. It is our goal to provide a dependable and efficient countywide GIS that can service a wide range of clients and functions.

Planning and Development
Bob Wills, 486-3643,

The Department of Planning and Development helps the communities of Dutchess County, the public, and other county departments preserve and improve our environment and the living conditions of our residents. Consultation with municipalities on zoning, adopting Centers & Greenspaces Planning Principles, and supporting watershed initiatives in local communities are some of the areas in which GIS plays an important role. Planning and Development also provides custom mapping and GIS analysis for specific study areas (see GIS Services page).

Poughkeepsie-Dutchess County Transportation Council (PDCTC)
Mark Debald, 486-3600,

GIS is used to analyze demographic and transportation data including U.S. Census data, road and bridge conditions, vehicle crash locations, pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure, and traffic volumes. Through GIS mapping, the PDCTC seeks to better visualize demographic and transportation conditions and trends for documents such as the long-range Metropolitan Transportation Plan and short-range Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The PDCTC maintains transportation data for use in online applications, to include a TIP Viewer mapping platform that shows project locations/data and an online bicycle parking map application.

Public Safety
Dana Smith, Emergency Response, 486-2080, 
Det/Sgt S. J. Reverri, Jr., Sheriff's Office, 486-3885,

The Emergency Response and Sheriff's offices rely heavily on GIS and location-based data. Accurate GIS data is critical for reliable 911 computer-aided dispatching. GIS technology is the backbone of the Emergency Operations Center’s situational awareness tool that keeps all activated personnel up-to-date in an emergency. GIS is also used to discover and analyze crime trends and as a result improves the public’s safety.

Real Property Tax Service Agency
Betsy Mark, 486-2140,

One of the Real Property Tax Service Agency’s primary functions is the production and maintenance of tax maps. In 1999 this process was converted to using GIS. Once completed, this drastically changed the way parcel related data could be made accessible to the public. The County’s ParcelAccess web-based application now hosts this data, tying each parcel together with New York State’s RPS data. On the internet, ParcelAccess is updates to display parcel data from the tentative or final roll. Kiosks are available at the RPT front desk in the County Office building giving access to daily updates parcel data.

GIS Organizations

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County
Sean Carroll, 677-8223 ext. 147,

The CCEDC Environment and Energy Program GIS Lab provides geospatial mapping assistance to municipal leaders, conservation organizations, academic institutions, watershed groups, and residents in Dutchess County through partnerships with Dutchess County government, Cornell University, and Cornell Cooperative Extension associations throughout the region, with a focus on natural resources conservation and planning. Assistance is provided by request, trainings, mentoring GIS volunteers, and outreach to municipal and conservations groups and the public.

*All area codes are 845 unless otherwise indicated

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